Mr. Newkirk's mansion
Goodie two shoes

Morrisville, PA

#81 Sep 26, 2010
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
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More than you can imagine! Mr. Newkirk had 3 wives while he lived there.
Tell me more about the wives and the history of the Newkirk family ? Any children - grandchildren still around ?
cabinets

United States

#82 Sep 27, 2010
Out of State wrote:
I hear you about the loss of artists who work with wood in any medium whether ships or fine homes. I'm hard pressed in Texas just to find a good cabinet maker! What a great shot of this old place. Brings back memories.
My father builds beautiful hand-crafted cabinets. He is a true artist and his work speaks for itself. He has 20+ years experience. If you're interested, leave your email.
Mansion Dream

Minneapolis, MN

#83 Sep 27, 2010
Mr.ALWARD is the most recent owner as of 2008 before that u have :
LAUGHEED, WILLIAM D.
COLDREN, DANIEL L & GEORGIANNA
SPARKS, PHILLIP MICHAEL AND JENNIFER
William Newkirk owned the Connersville Furniture Co.and he had the mansion built in 1880. There also used to be a carriage house behind the mansion which was later remodeled into a apartment building of 3 or 4 apartments.
Mansion Dream

Minneapolis, MN

#84 Sep 27, 2010
There have been other owners, these are just the last 20 or so yrs.
christy

New York, NY

#85 Sep 28, 2010
So who owns house now?

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#86 Oct 1, 2010
Goodie two shoes wrote:
<quoted text>Tell me more about the wives and the history of the Newkirk family ? Any children - grandchildren still around ?
William T. Newkirk moved here from Pennsylvania. He was an opportunist in the industrial revolution. He basically jump started small town industries, built mansions (always with his keystone signature) and had the pull in Washington to bring politicians with him to the newest locations.

Although he was here a relatively short period of time he managed to marry 3 women (locals, I believe) who had money on their own. As listed on their death certificates, all 3 died "without incident" and without any investigation. He then moved to other states, taking the political protection with him, and eventually arrived in California.
Goodie two shoes

Arverne, NY

#87 Oct 5, 2010
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
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William T. Newkirk moved here from Pennsylvania. He was an opportunist in the industrial revolution. He basically jump started small town industries, built mansions (always with his keystone signature) and had the pull in Washington to bring politicians with him to the newest locations.
Although he was here a relatively short period of time he managed to marry 3 women (locals, I believe) who had money on their own. As listed on their death certificates, all 3 died "without incident" and without any investigation. He then moved to other states, taking the political protection with him, and eventually arrived in California.
Do you know who the three local women were and what they died from - very interesting !

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#88 Oct 5, 2010
Goodie two shoes wrote:
<quoted text>Do you know who the three local women were and what they died from - very interesting !
It's been a long time since I looked at the records. They are available for viewing only (can't be checked out)at the library. No cause of death was listed, only the notation "without incident."
On some of the other threads about the mansion I mentioned that each and every brick in that home was shipped here from Italy wrapped in brown paper, which at the time, was probably more expensive than the bricks themselves. As to shipping costs, I couldn't even venture a guess.
I'm as curious as you about how many wives he had before he arrived here and how many more he had between here and California. Can you say hmmmmmmm?
Wonderer

Dubois, IN

#89 Oct 6, 2010
hey farm girl, i was looking at the picture under your screen name. is that by chance the great american race Model A that was built by the vocational school?
House Ruiner

Fort Wayne, IN

#90 Oct 6, 2010
christy wrote:
So who owns house now?
Some dude named Alward (an optometrist, maybe?) who lives in Brown County. Apparently he's been called before another city's council because of another historic property he owned and ignored.

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#91 Oct 6, 2010
Well, he's all but lost this one! I'm just sick about it.

What remains of the back retaining wall behind the carriage house is all but crumbled. Over the years it was never properly maintained or lengthened to retain the earth settlement of the enormous hill behind the property. Nor is there any remaining, properly drenched, run-off canals for directing the water away around the structures.

The earth movement combined with ground water seeping has greatly compromises both the mansion and the carriage house.

So many have had the desire to possess this mansion but no desire to maintain it with the high quality and love in which it was built.
House Ruiner

Fort Wayne, IN

#92 Oct 6, 2010
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
Well, he's all but lost this one! I'm just sick about it.
What remains of the back retaining wall behind the carriage house is all but crumbled. Over the years it was never properly maintained or lengthened to retain the earth settlement of the enormous hill behind the property. Nor is there any remaining, properly drenched, run-off canals for directing the water away around the structures.
The earth movement combined with ground water seeping has greatly compromises both the mansion and the carriage house.
So many have had the desire to possess this mansion but no desire to maintain it with the high quality and love in which it was built.
I agree. I was just saying the other day that most owners (Alward not included) have gone into the home with the best intentions about restoring it to its former glory. Once they got in there and saw how much work needs to be done - just for starters, there is no plumbing and in some rooms, no floors or ceilings - they've given up. The labor would be so intensive - to say nothing of the cost!- that they get overwhelmed, become disillusioned and try to wash their hands of it.

I looked at it before Alward bought it a couple years ago. Parts of it were still beautiful - especially the untouched woodwork - but I know it would take upwards of a million to get it back to looking the way it was at the turn of the century and to update it with modern conveniences.

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#93 Oct 6, 2010
House Ruiner wrote:
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I agree. I was just saying the other day that most owners (Alward not included) have gone into the home with the best intentions about restoring it to its former glory. Once they got in there and saw how much work needs to be done - just for starters, there is no plumbing and in some rooms, no floors or ceilings - they've given up. The labor would be so intensive - to say nothing of the cost!- that they get overwhelmed, become disillusioned and try to wash their hands of it.
I looked at it before Alward bought it a couple years ago. Parts of it were still beautiful - especially the untouched woodwork - but I know it would take upwards of a million to get it back to looking the way it was at the turn of the century and to update it with modern conveniences.
I hear you. I sat and cried the last time I was up there. I watched when the carriage house became apartments. I watched when it became a nursing home. After that I watched owner after owner take and take.

I know someone estimated between $400,000 -$600,000, just on the masion but my guess would be that equipment costs alone would run you more than that.

Why, oh why, didn't our city leaders invest in this property (and our community) and make it the new museum?

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#94 Oct 6, 2010
.. and I do agree that some buyers had the best of intentions. They just never factored in all of the hidden costs of a place that old.

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#95 Oct 6, 2010
Wonderer wrote:
hey farm girl, i was looking at the picture under your screen name. is that by chance the great american race Model A that was built by the vocational school?
I'm sorry 'Wonderer'. I didn't see your post until just now. You have a good eye and probably a love of vintage cars to have recognized the Model A but sadly, not the one built by the school and even sadder - not mine.
Wonderer

Dubois, IN

#96 Oct 6, 2010
Farm Girl - Original wrote:
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I'm sorry 'Wonderer'. I didn't see your post until just now. You have a good eye and probably a love of vintage cars to have recognized the Model A but sadly, not the one built by the school and even sadder - not mine.
OK. It was hard to tell from the small pic. I was actually in the A.M. Auto Body class that worked on the Great Race car. Those were some good times. I wish now that I would have taken part in the race. It would have been quite an experience.

“"Perception IS reality"”

Since: Jun 08

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#97 Oct 6, 2010
I know you wrote:
<quoted text>Mr. Newkirk died in a car accident years ago.I think his wife still lives there. They had one daughter but she has probably moved out by now.
Correction: Mr. William Newkirk was the original owner in the 1800's not the school teacher killed in the auto accident. The carriage house was built at the same time and is matching brick under coats and coats of paint.
Knowledge is power

Connersville, IN

#99 Dec 20, 2010
My sister and I went to look at the mansion today and I am very happy to say that they are fixing the place up! All the windows have been replaced, and upon entering the driveway you will now see a lot of no trespassing signs. We happened to catch a guy that is helping to keep this beautiful piece of Connersville history safe. Along with 24 hour monitering by many many cameras found on the property, there is a live in as well. So, you vandals beware! As for the the many people that are interested in this beautiful place, YAY!!!!!!!!!:
AJS

New York, NY

#100 Dec 21, 2010
Mansion Dream wrote:
Mr.ALWARD is the most recent owner as of 2008 before that u have :
LAUGHEED, WILLIAM D.
COLDREN, DANIEL L & GEORGIANNA
SPARKS, PHILLIP MICHAEL AND JENNIFER
William Newkirk owned the Connersville Furniture Co.and he had the mansion built in 1880. There also used to be a carriage house behind the mansion which was later remodeled into a apartment building of 3 or 4 apartments.
I have the blue prints for the carriage house. It's neat to see.

Since: Nov 10

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#101 Dec 21, 2010
According to the 1917 Fayette County History, William Newkirk came to Connersville from Pennsylvania in 1834, at about 8 years of age. The family soon moved to Harrisburg, and he attended school there.

He first married Mahala Hansen in Connersville. The second wife was Matilda Demerist of Dayton, Ohio. The history book says that both of these wives died without issue. However, they are both buried in the City Cemetery, and I think I remember seeing some children's graves, so I think there were children, but they didn't live beyond childhood. His third wife was Ida McIntosh of Connersville. She was much younger than he and was from a prominent Connersville family. They had two daughters. Elizabeth married Carl Houghton, and Helen who married Herbert MeFarlan and lived in Colorado. The Houghtons had a son named Horace. Mr. Newkirk died while wintering in Florida in December, 1911, at the age of 83. When the book was written in 1917, his widow and the Houghtons and their son were living in the mansion.

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